July 19th, 2010

How to get Patti to scream at the radio

This afternoon I found myself yelling at the radio in my car in utter frustration and annoyance.

Believe it or not, I wasn't listening to conservative talk radio. In fact, I had NPR on.

There's an utterly fabulous quiz show on NPR called Says You! It's largely a word and game, where they do lots of things like pulling really obscure words from the dictionary, and having contestants pick the definition from a real one and two made-up ones. It's literate and witty and one of my favorite things to listen to.

Sometimes they veer off a little bit, though, and today they had a category that was made for me. "This one is a musical theater quiz. I'll give you the first line of a well-known song from musical theater. For three points, tell me what show the song is from. For seven more points, sing the next line of the song."

The panelists are pretty literate and educated, and I expected them to do at least moderately well on this.

The first question: "I'm as corny as Kansas in August". A no-brainer for this group, for sure.

"That's from Oklahoma."

"No, it's not Oklahoma".

"Oh! Then it must be Carousel."

"Not Carousel either." Richard Sher, the host, is eminently patient.

I'm not. "South Pacific! South Pacific, you dummies! No, it's not Carousel. Jeez." Eventually they get it, and then actually sing the next several lines of the song. Well, actually, they do the second stanza but so did I. They get full credit for it, though.

I manage to nail almost all of them, and the panel fumbles their way through most. With every fumble I find myself shouting at my radio. "No, you idiots! It's..."

It's probably a good thing I wasn't listening to conservative talk radio.


P.S. I just noticed they'll be taping in San Francisco in April of next year. Anyone want to go?

Two-week eating update

I posted a one-week eating update last week. Here's the two-week one.
  1. Batting a thousand on not being stupid.
  2. Batting a thousand on eating real food.
  3. Batting a thousand on avoiding artificial sweeteners and chemical foods.
  4. To the best of my knowledge, I've had no HFCS.
  5. Batting a thousand on prepared foods, though I've eaten out a few times.
  6. Batting a thousand here as well.  I've had some crackers, but that's the closest I've come to processed food.
  7. Also batting a thousand.  See a trend here?
  8. Again, batting a thousand.
  9. Batting a thousand on batting a thousand-- most days are within 100 calores of 1000, and all have been under 1200.
Actually, I should have had a tenth one on the list-- record everything that you eat, for which I'm also essentially batting a thousand.  I even have a couple of entries in my food diary for like two or three cherries that I've snagged from a coworker's desk.

I've eaten out a few times, all cautiously.  One was a Chinese restaurant where I had a steamed (I think) flounder and rice, another a Thai restaurant where I had larb gai and a spring roll, and the third a fusion restaurant where I had a dungeness crab omelet. 

I've been really good about cooking too.  Yesterday I snagged six pounds of pretty damned good tomatoes from the farmers market, and for a buck a pound, too!  I spent yesterday evening turning them into some pretty excellent spaghetti sauce, so lunches this week are that sauce on top of spaghetti squash.  Other than that, I'm eating lots of fruits and vegetables, eggs, some dairy, and lean meats, just like my plan called for.

I had one day last week where I was right around 800 calories at the end of the day.  That seemed too low, so I contemplated a snack.  The problem was that I felt pretty stuffed, and overeating just to get the calorie count up seemed like wrong thinking to me.

Surprisingly, to me at least, I've had zero temptation to stray from my plan.  I think it's because I feel like I'm eating well and eating plenty of food, rather than starving myself or subsisting on dry green salads.  I have a week and a half of this left, then I'm off to Vegas for a week and a half.  When I return, I'll be back to a slightly-modified version of what I'm doing now.